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Friday, September 4, 2009

A Convenient Cowboy by Shari Thayn

A Convenient Cowboy by Shari Thayn
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (186 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Nina Randall needs a change. Her career as an ad exec is in a shambles and she has no personal life to speak of. She has one last chance to prove herself—a soda pop commercial in a Western setting. The thought of rough, rugged cowboys positively beckons.

Jon Carver, on the other hand, can’t wait to get the heck out of Dodge. The only reason he’s at the family ranch is to help his brother hold on to the Crooked C, and the year he promised to give in that pursuit is up. After all, he isn’t a cowboy anymore.

But for Nina, he’s awfully convenient.

Nina Randall needs a break from the high flying world of advertising. She also needs to save her reputation which is being sabotaged by one of her superiors. Determined to show she still has what it takes, Nina arranges to do a shoot for a soda ad at a dude ranch. A few days before the shoot starts she books herself in as a tourist and doesn't mention she is part of the film crew.

Jon Carver and his brother Josh own the ranch which caters for tourists in order to make ends meet. Jon has taken time off from his city job to help his brother bring the ranch back into the black. He hates the inroad of tourists and especially the commercial advertising people, but knows it is essential to keep the ranch as a viable proposition.

Their first meeting happens with a bang. Jon runs into Nina in the local store and nearly knocks her off her feet. He is not amused to find out later that the woman is one of the guests staying at the ranch. Their paths continuously cross and he can't get her out of his mind. Since being betrayed by his ex-wife he has resolved not to become involved with another woman and his demeanor to Nina is quite surly as he refuses to accept she has crept in under his guard.

Nina needs a genuine cowboy for her commercial. She knows Jon would fit the part perfectly, but is also aware he will never agree to take be involved. She settles in to ranch life and begins to relax and enjoy herself. Even the occasional spat with Jon adds spice to her holiday. Nina is confused when one minute Jon is friendly and helpful, the next surly and uncommunicative. Right from the beginning she is attracted to him and this makes her reconsider her whole future.

Nina's nickname is known at the ad agency as the Golden Girl who drowns herself in her work. On holiday she shows a softer, lighter side to her character as she enjoys the ranch and the scenery. The thoughts of Jon that go through her mind also show that she is not immune to a handsome male. She questions whether her job is worth the hassle and lack of private life.

Jon's mind on the other hand is full of doubt about his own abilities to pick the right woman, and whether or not Nina is what she seems to be. He is also unsure about his own future, should he return to his job in the city, or remain on the ranch?

This western romance was fun to read. The light-hearted humor which infuses the whole story makes it a pleasant but not intense read. Both Nina and Jon hide their true selves from the other but this doesn't stop the pair developing feelings for one another. From the ranch hands to the film crew, all of the background characters added to the main story making it well rounded and satisfying to read.

I enjoyed this story, mainly because Nina was intent on making the most of her time at the ranch. She approached everything with an eagerness and happy aspect which kept me in a happy frame of mind right through the book.

If you're looking for something not too serious, which will make you feel good, then I recommend this book for an afternoon's read.